15 October 2010

Toddlers and teens

Men may be from Mars and women from Venus, but it sometimes it feels like toddlers and teenagers come from another universe altogether.

Looking at that lanky collection of knees and elbows propping open the refrigerator, you have to wonder what happened to the cheerful little boy that zoomed around the house pretending to be Ben10.

It turns out that both the toddler and teen phases of brain development have a lot in common. Both phases are characterised as rapid developmental stages when new connections are being forged in the brain and major changes are taking place.




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